Santa Margarita celebrated opening day with a 15 – 2 victory over Newport Harbor High School on Saturday. The home team Sailors jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Ritter Hagadorn intercepted a clearing pass and scored an unassisted goal in the first three minutes of the game. It was all Santa Margarita after that as the Eagles scored the next 12 goals of the game and cruised to the win. On a day on which everything seemed to go right for the Eagles and the Sailors struggled to get a rhythm going, Santa Margarita put on an exhibition of team play. 12 different Eagles put their name in the scorebook as everyone from freshman to seniors and goalies to attackmen got in on the act.
Sophomore Andrew Kofoed (4 goals, 1 assist) led all scorers in his varsity debut. Junior Hayden Ruiz (Boston University) was not far behind with 4 assists on the day. Juniors Sklyer Rockey and Drew Webster each scored 3 goals. Freshman Logan “Doc” Dochterman pitched in with 2 goals and an assist. Sophomore Barron Stephanson, Junior Greg Yosenick, and Senior Bret Enochs rounded out the scoring with 1 goal apiece. Sophomore Lucas Mullarkey had two assists in his varsity debut; Juniors Ravi Dhouni, Wes Schuler, and Griffin Rockey, the goalie, had one assist apiece. Rockey’s assist came on a highlight downfield clearing pass to this twin brother Skyler.
The Eagles team defense was as impressive as the offense. The SM goalies, Rockey and Max Vought, were forced to make only 8 saves during the game. Jake Grubert, Dhouni, and Michael Senecal led the Eagles with 4 groundballs apiece. Dhouni led the the team with 3 caused turnovers. Freshman Eric Rubak and Sophomore Michael saw significant minutes at defense and impressed in their varsity debuts.
Next up for Santa Margarita is a home game against El Toro who opened their season with an impressive 12-7 win over Capo. Newport Harbor looks to get back on track Wednesday night when JSerra travels to the coast.